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Back to Basics

Back to Basics
By Emil Eddy • Issue #38 • View online
Hey everyone!
I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling to consistently produce content for the YouTube channel and newsletter recently.
Last week, I missed publishing this newsletter for the first time in 37 weeks and I don’t have a solid plan to return to weekly uploads.
I’ve realised that a lot of my troubles are due to perfectionism, which is actually what I wrote my very first newsletter on. As I’ve improved the quality of my YouTube videos and newsletters, I increasingly feel pressured to make every video/newsletter better than the last.
For example, my most recent video took me roughly 15 hours to script, film and edit over a period of approximately 1 month. Trying to top that video in terms of quality would be impossible to do on a week by week basis without significant help from others.
Setting high standards for myself has meant that I’ve been less willing to spend 5-6 hours to pump out a video that might be at 80% of the quality of my best work.
I think that this has been wrong/damaging for a few reasons:
  1. Enjoying the process less - Since I’m so focused on the destination (quality) of my content, it takes away from my enjoyment of the journey.
  2. Wrong perspective - Even if I was to produce videos at 70%-80% of the quality of my best work, these videos would still be highly beneficial to many people. The net benefit I could provide to my audience by producing slightly lower quality videos more often is certainly higher.
  3. Reducing systematisation - When every video is considered a special project, I can get into the habit of putting in more effort ‘just for this video’, when I would be better off improving my system. As a result, I focus on working hard to get the video out, rather than creating a system where getting videos out is easy in the first place.
I’m sorry that this has been a relatively self-indulgent newsletter, but I think that it’s important for me to return back to the basics of understanding why it was so important that I avoid perfectionism and prioritise consistency.
Perfectionism is a common issue, and I would encourage that you reflect on where you might be chasing it in your own life. It might be something like exercise - believing that you need to have a full free week before you ever start going for runs - or even studying. Identifying where these thought patterns exist and why they are flawed is essential to start building good habits and consistency.
Ask yourself - where might perfectionism be holding me back?
- Emil

My Progress
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Newsletter subscribers: 82
YouTube revenue last 2 weeks: $38.81
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Emil Eddy

Hi! My name is Emil and I'm a second year medical student studying at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Every Sunday I write a little bit about my life as a medical student and content creator :)

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